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JAZZ 101 - Special Summer 4-Week Edition!

Designed for jazz fans, the Jazz 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz course is an interactive and engaging guide to the icons and innovators.

Through multimedia lectures, listening, demonstration, and discussion, you’ll learn from JAZZ.FM91’s jazz experts and gain a basic understanding of jazz music.

You’ll discover the most important musicians in jazz, listen to classic recordings by jazz legends, you’ll learn about jazz’s illustrious history, and develop the skills to become a better listener. You’ll interact with a live jazz group as they perform and answer your questions.

Taking place at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village, this special Summer 4-week edition of this course meets for two hours. JAZZ.FM91 donors are offered early enrollment and discounted course fees.

The course will be taught by Mark Micklethwaite, JAZZ.FM91’s Community Engagement and Education Manager. Mark is a musician, educator, and jazz historian who designed this course in collaboration with CEO and President, Ross Porter.

“Our listening audience is a hybrid of jazz connoisseurs and jazz newcomers who share one special thing in common, a love of JAZZ.FM91.Whether or not you’re well versed on the genre, Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz has something for everyone. Our goal is to make listening more compelling by offering this series of lectures,” said Ross Porter, CEO and President, JAZZ.FM91.

The course will take place on Tuesday evenings at JAZZ.FM91 on July 7, 14, 21, 28. This course is officially SOLD OUT. If you're interested in JAZZ 201: The Intermediate Guide to Jazz, click HERE.

For more information or to receive notification when new course dates are announced, please contact Mark Micklethwaite at 416-595-0404 x229 or


Jazz 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz - Special Summer 4-Week Edition!
Day/Time: Tuesdays 7-9pm, July 7, 14, 21, 28.
Location: JAZZ.FM91, 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100. Instructor: Mark Micklethwaite

Learning Objectives:

learn who are the most important musicians in jazz and why
learn about basic structure and properties of jazz music; instruments, styles
understand details about the history and development jazz
gain a greater understanding of how musicians improvise and swing
develop skills to become a better listener; what to listen for
learn how to build a library of classic recordings, including the five most important Canadian recordings

Course Outline:

Week 1 – The 10 Most Important Jazz Musicians and Why
After an overview of the course, we’ll look at the 10 most important jazz musicians and why they are significant. We’ll listen to classic recordings and discuss what makes these musicians unique and innovative.

Week 2 – What to Listen For When You Listen to Jazz
This week we’ll dig a little deeper into the music by dissecting select recordings and discussing what makes jazz intriguing. We’ll also discuss the instruments of the rhythm section and how they lay the foundation for the music.

Week 3 – Telling A Story – The Jazz Vocalists
We put singers in the spotlight and demonstrate how they interpret songs in unique and diverse ways. We’ll explore the vocal repertoire and discuss how vocalists put the swing in jazz.

Week 4 – Live Performance / Summary

Our final week will feature a live performance by some of Toronto’s finest musicians. We’ll demonstrate many of the concepts that have been discussed during the course. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and make requests.

If you're interested in JAZZ 201: The Intermediate Guide to Jazz, click here.

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